Gel Press Scrap Giraffe by Cyndi Cesare - Gel Press

Gel Press Scrap Giraffe by Cyndi Cesare

So many Gel Press many scraps...and what do we do with them?? Create an animal, of course. In this project, I’ve grabbed a handful of scraps from previous Gel Press projects and started gluing.

Gel Press Giraffe

Here’s a step by step.


  • 7″ X 14″ Wooden Panel
  • 8″ X 10″ Gel Press Plate
  • Matte Gel Medium
  • White Charcoal Pencil
  • Black Charcoal Pencil
  • Black Archival Pen
  • White Gel Pen
  • White Gesso
  • Gelatos
  • 18K Gold Paint Pen

Adhere Gel Press scraps to your substrate (in this case, a wooden panel) with matte gel medium.

Sketch a giraffe to use as a template.


Trace around the template with a white charcoal pencil. It would also be fine to use a regular graphite pencil. I added a sun and a couple flowers.

Using white gesso, paint all of the negative space. For a more transparent look, add water to the gesso. If you want more coverage, brush on several coats.


With Gelatos, add a touch of green grass and blue sky.

Add shading with a black charcoal pencil and doodling with black and white pens.  I also used an 18K Gold paint pen to add some sparkle. Finish edges with black charcoal pencil, oil pastel, or a little acrylic paint.

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Cyndi Cesare - Contributing Artist for Gel Press